Free TEFL lesson plan: Valentine’s Day



2. STUDENT HANDOUT for class activities
3. LINK TO THE VALENTINE’S DAY AUDIO (updated for 2014)

Here’s a free lesson plan (written out with instructions to assist newbie TEFL teachers) that uses an article from our sister site. If you’re an experienced TEFL-head, I would be more than happy to hear (in the comments) on how this Valentine’s Day lesson could be improved/adapted/modified.
To use this lesson plan, you need to use the Valentine’s Day Facts post on the SGI School Blog. The lesson works best if you can use the internet in your classroom and play the mp3 for all students to hear.

If you haven’t got that facility, then you can print out the article and do a live reading for the listening tasks. Valentine’s Day facts TEFL Lesson Print friendly version

Click here for a copy of the beautiful, colourful Student Worksheet for this lesson.

Valentine’s Day TEFL Lesson

T: What is special about the day, February 14th?
Ss: Valentine’s Day!
T: When you think of Valentine’s Day, what words do you immediately think of? Let’s have an example: What colour do you think of?
Ss: Red!

Valentine’s Day

T: You’ve got 2 mins to talk together in groups of 3 to come up with at least 6 words about Valentine’s Day? Don’t write anything, just speak. (…then ICQ task!)

> Open Feedback

T: So, what is Valentine’s day? Explain to your group what normally happens on Feb 14th. What do people do on Valentine’s Day? An example: What do men do? (Get one spoken example from a S & set up speaking task, remembering those all-important ICQs)

> Feedback

T: Do you love Valentine’s Day… or do you hate it? Why? (Get a S example & then Set up mingle activity. In activity, Ss should find 2 people who like it & 2 people who hate it and remember their responses. ICQ it!)

> Feedback: Split the board into 2 halves (Why I love Valentine’s Day/Why I hate….) and write down Ss ideas. Or maybe get Ss to come to board en masse and complete it themselves. Have an open class peer-to-peer discussion going into more details behind opinions.

> Further discussion:
Which is the most popular opinion generally in society, love it or hate it?
Do you think the opinion changes according to culture/country ie Do the French like Valentine’s more than the Americans etc?

Listening Exercises

Please download the Student Handout here

Depending on the level of the class, you might want to play the recording once or twice for each exercise. It’s up to you, but let the students know through clear instruction and ICQ how many times they will hear the recording/live reading for each exercise.


T: (Indicate new groups of 3’s) We’re going to listen to a recording about Valentine’s Day. (Show handout)
I’ve got some questions about the recording. Before we listen, let’s try to guess the answer to these questions. There is only one correct answer for each question. Work in 3’s and guess the answer. You’ve got 4 or 5 mins.
(ICQ task)
(Now, Give out handout)
DO task > Get correct answers feedback


T: You can hear lots of numbers. What are the numbers? Please read the questions in ‘Second Listening’ so that we know the information we need.

Do task > Get correct answers feedback


Now we need to know more information. Look at the questions before we listen. Maybe you already know some of the answers. I’ll give you 2 mins to talk with the people next to you. Try to complete the answers and then we will listen again.
Do task > Get correct answers feedback

Love List Task

T: In the listening, we heard ‘Love List’. Explain to your partner what a Love-List is.
> Get feedback so that everyone is clear what a love list is.
In groups talk about the best 5 things to write on a love-list. Agree on 5 and write them down.
Let’s have an example. What did he say in the listening was something to write on a love-list?

> Feedback
OK, so we want 5 NEW things to write on a love list.
(ICQ task – including time you will allow)

Get students to Compare answers with other individuals in a mingle activity.
> Feedback

Get Class agreement on what should be top 5…or just 3 if it’s taking too long.

T: How does the Top 3 change if …
it’s a man writing to a woman
it’s a woman writing to a man

Discussion Questions

Do as many or as few of these as you want.

  1. Is this love-list a good idea?
  2. Is it more romantic than a cliched gift like flowers or chocolates?
  3. Would you be happy if you got a love-list instead of a night out with a romantic meal?
  4. What’s the best thing that ever happened to you on Valentine’s Day? And the worst?
  5. If you really love someone, should you wait until Valentine’s Day to show them that you love them?
  6. Is it better to go out for a romantic meal on the day before or after valentine’s Day (when the restaurants are not so expensive…and the flowers are cheaper)???
  7. In your opinion, what’s the difference between Valentine’s Day messages in 18th Century England and how people send Valentine’s messages today??


Quick writing tasks

T: Imagine you are writing the message in a Valentine’s Day card to someone you are really, really mad about/head over heels in love with.

  1. What’s a cool Valentine’s message?
  2. What’s a sexy Valentine’s message?
  3. What’s a romantic Valentine’s message?
  4. What’s an ‘I really, seriously love you’ Valentine’s message?
  5. What’s a really boring Valentine’s message?
  6. What’s the worst possible thing you could write as a Valentine’s message?


Discussion Questions related to SIGNS/ROMANCE lesson

If you have already done the ROMANCE/SIGNS lesson with your class, then you could ask your students about Valentine’s Day for Jason & Stacey.

  1. What messages would they have sent each other?
  2. Do you think Jason would buy something original or cliched for Stacey?
  3. What would they have done on Valentine’s Day?
  4. Will they still be together next year on Feb 14th?


Homework: Different Angle on Valentine’s Day

Get students to read another blog related to Valentine’s Day, but looking at it from a slightly different angle.
Next lesson, discuss what Ss thought about the article. Or if you’re a high-tech teacher in a 2.0 classroom, why not get students to do a spoken homework using video with eyejot. It is free, very user-friendly and students love the feedback from them.

Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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4 Responses to Free TEFL lesson plan: Valentine’s Day

  1. Farrukh Khaydarov says:

    Oh thanks, I like it!

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